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Gill Sans Nova was released by MonoType recently, and is already proving rather popular (possibly related to the attention-grabbing 75% discount on the complete set...).

Gill Sans has always been a highly rated font. I was surprised to not be able to find any clear explanation of how Gill Sans Nova improves on Monotype's earlier Gill Sans MT, beyond adding some variants:

...expands the much-loved Gill Sans family from 18 to 43 fonts and features a coordinated range of roman and condensed designs. Several new display fonts are available, including a suite of six inline weights, shadowed outline fonts that were never digitized and Gill Sans Nova Deco that was previously withdrawn from the Monotype library

In addition to the extra weights and styles, they're clearly promoting the Cyrillic support - I don't remember if MT had this, I suspect not.

What does Nova add, and what differences, if any, are there to the actual core typeface?

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    I think this question actually answers itself: "family from 18 to 43 " = that, alone, is a giant difference...as would be Cyrillic support if that is new as well. – DA01 Nov 23 '15 at 15:05
  • Certainly (although many of those new variants are a bit... gratuitous), but what I'm having trouble finding out is what's new within those 18 that were available previously, between the MT and Nova versions. – user568458 Nov 23 '15 at 15:08
  • That's a valid question. I don't know the answer, but it actually may be "nothing". – DA01 Nov 23 '15 at 15:18
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Gill Sans Nova is an remaster of the existing Gill Sans typeface from Monotype.

Known improvements of Gill Sans Nova compared to Gill Sans (MT):

  • Expands the Gill Sans family from 18 to 43 fonts (including weights that haven't been digitized before and new weights drawn by George Ryan).

  • OpenType features such as

    • experimental characters from historic points in Gill Sans history and development,
    • alternate glyphs and
    • proportinal figures.
  • Supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic languages.

MT just refers to Monotype. Because different foundries often make their own new versions of existing typefaces, an abbreviation is sometimes added to the name (LT fx. refers to Linotype and FF to FontFont).


Monotypes press release for Gill Sans Nova on Myfonts.com:

The Gill Sans® Nova typeface, by Monotype Studio designer George Ryan, expands the much-loved Gill Sans family from 18 to 43 fonts and features a coordinated range of roman and condensed designs. Several new display fonts are available, including a suite of six inline weights, shadowed outline fonts that were never digitized and Gill Sans Nova Deco that was previously withdrawn from the Monotype library.

A variety of OpenType® features are supported that make it possible to include experimental characters from different points in Gill Sans’s long history, including pointed diagonals on ‘A’, ‘V’ and ‘W’ and alternatives for ‘b’, ‘d’, ‘p’ and ‘q.’ Proportional figures are also available as an alternative to the tabular designs. The Gill Sans Nova family has a large character set that supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic languages. The display weights support Latin only. [...]

The Gill Sans Nova typeface family is part of the new Eric Gill Series, drawing on Monotype’s heritage to remaster and expand and revitalize Eric Gill’s body of work, with more weights, more characters and more languages to meet a wide range of design requirements. The Series also brings to life new elements inspired by some of Gill’s unreleased work, recently discovered in Monotype’s archive of original typeface drawings, designer correspondence and documents from the last century.

  • Excellent first answer, thanks and welcome to the site! – user568458 Nov 23 '15 at 22:11
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Gill Sans Nova Book has square punctuation, whilst Gill Sans (MT) Book has round. GillSansMTBook-v-GillSansNovaBook

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    Welcome! Can you please add a screenshot of the difference(s)? – Kurt Mar 22 '18 at 3:46
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    that's actually incorrect; both fonts have square and round punctuation depending on the font weight / style – Luciano Mar 23 '18 at 9:51
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    Upon closer inspection (thank you, Luciano), I see that punctuation differs in Book weight only. In both typefaces, Ultra Light (Nova only) and Light have square points; all other weights have round points. I have edited the main post for clarity. – jennbenn Mar 25 '18 at 2:48
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The major difference for technical writing is that Nova distinguishes the number 1 from capital I, whereas MT has the capital I and number 1 as the same form.

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    Can you attach an image as well? – WELZ Nov 2 '18 at 19:47

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